The City of Paducah is installing floodgates today as the Ohio River rises.
Public Information Officer Pam Spencer said city officials are installing roughly 15 gates downtown in anticipation of a forecast crest of 49.5 feet on Saturday. Crews started working early this morning. She said the goal is to finish installations today before rainfall.
“When we see a forecast of 49 feet and rising that is when our crews start installing the floodgates because when the river reaches a flood stage of 50 feet that would mean the water would be trickling down Broadway,” Spencer said.
Spencer said the floodgates were last installed a year ago. She said several pump stations are in operation.